This summer I did a little experiment. I stood in the same(ish) spot during the first(ish) week of each month from May to October, and took a photograph. This particular spot shows the Many Glacier valley in Glacier National Park, Montana. Which, if you haven’t been following my blog, is where I spend A LOT of time working each summer. Check out my post A Day In The Life: Wrangling in Glacier National Park to read more about what that’s like.
You can tell the plants and animals in Glacier have a short growing season as things are just starting to wake up.
This is usually a wet month. Trails are soggy or even flowing with running water in spots.
Even in early July there is often still snow on the trails. Sometimes the Going-to-the-Sun Road doesn’t open at Logan pass until mid-July. Things start to dry out however, and by the end of July, dust replaces the mud on the horse trails.
That’s smoke from forest fires filling the valley. Lovely isn’t it? What is important to note is that I took this picture BEFORE the Park’s own fires started blowing up (read my post Hello, Fire Season ). This smoke blew in from other fires in the North American west.
You might be wondering, why the radical drop in water level? Well, this lake is actually a reservoir; there is a dam right behind me. Humans control the outlet and use this water to irrigate crops in North-central Montana.
If you can survive tourist season with your head still on, this is your reward. The best part of this picture was the solitude. Hardly any cars or tourists were around when I took this photo.
I won’t be around to take photos in the coming winter months but if you want to see Many Glacier during the rest of the year, the park has a webcam in Many Glacier!